About the Visual Impairment Team

Head of Low Incidence Team and Sensory Service

Anne Lomas

Early Years – Specialist Teachers

Hayley Cooper

Susanne Jenkins

Early Years – Specialist Practitioners

Joanne Hey

Schools – Specialist Teachers

Laura Brooks

Andrew Greenwood

Claire Griffiths

John Lee

Specialist VI Technical Officers

Jim Armitage

Rob Bergman

Senior Habilitation Officer

Gwynneth Evans

Habilitation Officers

Andrew Lambert

Alan Scholes

Business Support

Farakh Iqbal

Department of Children's Services
0-25 SEND Inclusive Education Service

Low Incidence Team

Service for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment
3rd Floor, Margaret McMillan Tower
Prince’s Way
Bradford  BD1 1NN

Tel: 01274 439254

What we can offer you.

The Team provides a service to children, their parents, carers, schools and settings

The VI Team provide an assessment, advisory and teaching service for babies, children and young people aged from birth to 25 years of age. The CYP have an identifiable ophthalmic condition and a reduced level of visual function which, even when corrected by spectacles if appropriate, may have an impact on their learning, access to the curriculum and inclusion.

The VI Team has an open referral system

Children referred to the VI Team will be visited by a teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI) who will assess their functional vision and the impact this has on learning, and offer initial advice and support. Pupils with more severe visual conditions may be placed on the active caseload of the QTVI, who will be the named contact for parents/carers, schools and settings. Other appropriately qualified and experienced staff may also work with the child, to offer support, which will include;0

  • Information and support to parents and carers
  • Guidance relating to an individual child following observation, assessment and monitoring of functional vision
  • Liaison with other agencies involved with the child
  • Advice on strategies which promote the inclusion of children with visual impairment
  • Support and training for individuals and for groups of staff
  • Specialist skills teaching appropriate to the needs of the individual child
  • Involvement in meetings, assessment, planning and review, in line with the SEN Code of Practice
  • Assessment and advice on access technology as appropriate
  • Advice and/or loans of specialist resources 

Access to Services

  • For Pre-5 children referrals may come from anyone involved with the child (parent/carer, setting, clinician, health visitor etc.). The initial referral may be supported by an EA1 notification from Health in order to involve other teams from Children's Services as appropriate.
  • For children and young people attending schools  or Post 16 provisions, referrals should be made by the school or setting (use form TSSR).

On receipt of a referral the Team will write to the parents/carers in order to gain informed consent for the involvement of the Team. Parents/carers and referrer will be told the name of the link specialist teacher following allocation. Allocation will be dependent upon the severity of VI needs of the child, in line with the Bradford Range guidance, and Graduated response, and on the current capacity within the Team.

Useful Information:

RNIB Guide for parents






Training opportunities


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